Beginning in early 2006, in response to many, many requests
for information about how (or whether) it would be
possible to obtain USA citizenship and keep Belgian citizenship,
Rita began a campaign to have the regulations changed.
After ultimately collecting over 1000 endorsements to the idea, the regulations were changed in January 2007. See the Possessing Several Nationalities page on the Belgian Government website.
Below are some of the key documents produced in this campaign.
Taking advantage of a regulation she had been involved establishing, Rita became a citizen of the United States of America on 3 Septembeer 2013; she retains her Belgian citizenship.
Dual Citizenship Campaign Documents
22 July 2006: Letter To Minister Onkelinx
1011 Endorsing Individuals
Serge Wauthier Response
[ Persmededeling2Nat.doc, CommuniqueDoubleNationalite.doc ]
16 October 2006 Letter To Minister De Gucht
4 December 2006 Minister De Gucht Response
4 December 2006: Dual Citizenship Progress Letter from Karel DE GUCHT
8 January 2007 Response by Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt
14 May 2007 Royal Decreee